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Hydropower

Title: Diagram of a Chute Dropping Water to a Turbine
Type: Diagram
Date: no date
Source: Descriptive Catalogue

Description: This cross-section diagram of part of the Pillsbury "A" Mill shows how water was transported to the turbines that were used to run the machinery in the mill.

Diagram of a Chute Dropping Water to a Turbine

Activities:

  1. The turbine is located at the bottom of the water-filled pit or flume. Knowing what you do about waterwheels and turbines, what is the purpose of the flume?



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  2. The description along the side of the diagram says that the unit has a 50 foot "head," meaning a drop of 50 feet. Is there any benefit in making the water go so far to reach the turbine?



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  3. Can you tell from the source about how big this turbine is?



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  4. Beside the words that tell you this flume was at a mill in Minneapolis (across from St. Anthony), what else might be a clue to where this mill was located?



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